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What attraction are you embarrassed to say you've never experienced?

It's the one ride or show that it seems everyone else in the world has done... except you.

From Robert Niles
Posted May 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM
Confession time, folks. You are all theme park insiders, but I'm willing to bet that there's at least one ride or show out there that it seems everyone else in the world has experienced... everyone except you.

Perhaps you've kept it quiet, as not to draw attention to your oversight. No longer. Time to fess up. What's the one really popular ride or show in the theme park world that you've never managed to find time to go on?

And tell us why. :^)


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I'll pretty much try everything at least once, but for some reason, I can't bring myself to brave MaXair at Cedar Point. Imagining myself falling out and flying helplessly through the air or splatting on the ground is enough to resist this ride every time I go to The Point.

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 21, 2011 at 11:51 PM
I've never been on tea cups at WDW and if I have I was too young to remember. I've also never done country bears jamboree or tiki room.

At universal I've never done Sin Bad or Storm Force.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:05 AM
X (or X2) at Six Flags Magic Mountain. I've been on (unofficially) 280 coasters as of yesterday. But aside from a bus trip when I was 14, long before my coaster junkie days, I haven't gotten back out to Californy. It was under consideration for this summer, but finances won't allow.

From James Rao
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:35 AM
I am in the same boat as Mike. I haven't been to the "Coaster Capital of the World" (Magic Mountain) since before it was even a Six Flags park. In fact, when I visited last the big new coaster was Colossus - which was awesome, at the time - but I obviously need to get back to Magic Mountain soon, or I will lose my street cred. =)

From James Koehl
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:36 AM
The train at Magic Kingdom. I've made three trips there from Ohio in my life and for some reason never got around to riding the train. It's not like I was never near it! I ride the train at Cedar Point all the time, so I'm not afraid of it or anything, and this June, when we're at MK I fully ingtend to ride it- one of the first things we do when we enter the park.

From James Koehl
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:42 AM
And Melissa, I've never done Maxair either, nor SkyHawk, and I'm not too sure about the new one (Windseeker?). My Lord, when did I become my own father?!

From Carrie Hood
Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:44 AM
I won't ride those sky coasters or rip chord type rides. Everyone has to draw a line someplace, Those just happen to be where my personal line is drawn. So I've missed almost all of them at the parks we've been too.

A ride I'm embarrassed to say I've missed? Does it count if they where down when I was there? That seems to happen to me a lot! I've missed Kingda Ka and SheKra both due to being down when we've gone. Otherwise the only other thing I can say is Magnum at Cedar Point, due to a 2 hour line and being far more interested in Millennium Force at the time.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM
The Hulk at IOA

From Andy Milio
Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM
Every roller coaster on Earth

From Jake Johnson
Posted May 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Skekra at bush gardens tampa.. my 2 girls, 16 and 13, rode it twice back to back.. I almost heaved lunch on the one in "Egypt" Montu so that 100 ft straight drop was a no brainer for not doing.

would like to catch CHeeta Chase.. they were just getting started on it last oct when there..

this year Oct, will be IOA and the potter ride.. Will take in Simpson, aka old BTF ride.. goina miss that one but glad i had the chance in 2008 to ride it for what is now the LAST time.. gone but not forgotten.. RIP BTF....

From Colton McLaughlin
Posted May 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM
I'm very embarrassed to say that I've never been on It's a Small World. I know it isn't supposed to be a very good ride, but it is a classic that I mean to ride every time I go to Disney. I just never seem to get the chance because no one else in my family wants to ride it.

From damond harris
Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM
sadly to say....Soarin.... i know its a easy ride, but ive always been very scared of rides for some reason ( well i know that reason but its a long story XD) and denied when asked if i wanted to ride it last time we went. its strange to, because i love riding harry potter...

From Formula 40
Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM
Tower of Terror at DHS. Went there in 2000...was scurred to death.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM
@ James - I've ridden SkyHawk just once, and I'm not sure I'll ever do it again. Those high-in-the-sky swinging rides really freak me out as well as the exposed drop rides, but I've managed to conquer more of those, for some reason. I closed my eyes for most of the ride on SkyHawk which was probably more of a mistake than just looking down at the tiny ant-like people directly below me. I am terrified of heights, but I live for roller coasters. Go figure.

From James Koehl
Posted May 22, 2011 at 7:57 PM
Melissa, I understand completely. I'll do Power Tower both ways, but it took me several years to build up the nerve. I have no problem with the highest coaster, and after watching MaxAir and seeing a girl scream and her chewing gum fly out of her mouth I realized that if I rode it I would probably cover viewers on the ground with 4 or 5 of my past meals.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM
My Walt Disney World trip in 2006 has left me with many regrets. It was just before I became so very interested in theme parks. On the trip to Walt Disney World, I visited all four parks, but did not get to ride or see any of these because I actually had no knowledge of them at the time:

-Mission: SPACE
-Dinosaur
-Finding Nemo the Musical
-Festival of the Lion King
-Illuminations
-Lights, Camera, Action
-Indiana Jones Stunt Show

And of course, if that isn't bad enough, TH will be apalled to find out I also missed Jungle Cruise!

Of course, without this trip, I wouldn't have been inspired to find out more about theme parks, and then I wouldn't be talking to all of you right now. I guess there is a reason for everything!

From Robert Niles
Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:22 PM
Not counting stuff that's opened this spring, here's what I've missed at the top 10 US theme parks:

Disney's Hollywood Studios: The American Idol Experience, Sounds Dangerous, Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
Disney's Animal Kingdom: Kali River Rapids, Rafiki's Planet Watch
Universal Studios Florida: Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit; Twister - Ride It Out
Islands of Adventure: The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad

From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted May 22, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Spiderman. Haven't been to IOA yet. With possibility of work in Orlando, that could change.

From duncan henny
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:24 AM
i don't know why but i have never done big thunder mountain railroad will do it next year though

From James Koehl
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:59 AM
Robert, you missed "Twister- Ride it out?" Boy, you're lucky. I wish I could say that.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM
^It is not that bad of an attraction. I actually found it pretty entertaining. Sure it isn't the most amazing attraction ever, but there are far worse attractions.

From Derek Morse
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:52 AM
Not sure if I'm embarrassed, since I live 3,000 miles away, but Disneyland's version of "Pirates of the Carribean." I went my whole life just loving the Magic Kingdom version and assuming the one in California was no different. Then, thanks to this site and ones like it, I find out that the Orlando version is a shorter more abbreviated version and that the one in California longer and in many peoples opinion far superior. Well, I guess I'll have to wait to be able to afford that long awaited trip to California to experience it for myself!

From Nick Dakuginow
Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM
At the main theme parks on Orlando, here's what I have always missed...

Magic Kingdom - Swiss Family Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, Tom Sawyer's Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Tomorrowland Speedway.

Epcot - The Circle of Life, Turtle Talk with Crush, Illuminations!!!

Hollywood Studios - Lights! Motors! Action!

Universal Studios Florida - Hollywood, Rip, Ride, Rockit.

Universal's Islands of Adventure - Dragon Challenge.

SeaWorld Orlando - Kraken.

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Derek I'm right there with you. I've never been to Disney Land or any farther west inside the united states than Alabama. I've gone all the way North and South but never made it to Cali. Cannot wait til I can afford to go!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Maybe Terri, James, Derek, and I should pool our resources...:)

From James Koehl
Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Do I hear "ROAD TRIP!!"? Uh, I better ask my wife first.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM
I better ask my wallet.

From Samantha McCrae
Posted May 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM
I have unfortuneately seen any of the nighttime shows at WDW :(
My parents never seen to want to stay late and we always stay offsite, so I couldnt stay there late myself.

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM
I'm ashamed to admit, that I've never done 'Journey into the Imagination' and 'Spaceship Earth' at EPCOT...

Oh the shame!

From Don Neal
Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM
I grew up in the midwest all my life between Cincy, Detroit, and Indianapolis and have NEVER been to Cedar Point. *GASP*

I take a lot of flack for it from friends and family. Not trying to avoid it, it just seems our local trips always end up at King's Island or Holiday World.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM
I am so ashamed to say that I have never seen Fantasmic! There were times that we planned on seeing it, but a storm would cancel it, someone would be too tired to wait, or everyone wanted to see either Illuminations or MK's fireworks instead. The shame of it has haunted me to this very day.

From TH Creative
Posted May 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM
That's easy "Journey Into the Imagination With Figment" ... Oh wait ... the topic is "What attraction are you embarrassed to say you've NEVER experienced?"

Nevermind.

From Tony Duda
Posted May 23, 2011 at 4:18 PM
I lived in Richmond, VA for 6 years and never went to King's Dominion. Still haven't, that is so sad. I did go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted May 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM
@ Don - I live 5 min. from KI and would rather make the drive to Cedar Point any day of the week! You MUST MUST MUST go if you're able to get to The Point!

From James Rao
Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Mike, James, Derek... I'm in! But let's wait until 2012 when Cars Land is done...we might as well hit it too.

And hey, we can get a Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou and see the real Pirates of the Caribbean!

Can I bring my wife and kids along?

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM
I'm in for road trip. I've always wanted to fly (from GA) but my boyfriend is deathly afraid of planes... Looks like if I'm ever going to go I'm going to have to road trip it. Maybe it will be our last grand adventure before "Settling down." Then again only the wallet will tell!

From TH Creative
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:18 AM
Mike, James, James and Derek 2012 is a possibility for myself as well. If you want to make the most of the visit plan a late July trip scheduled around ComicCon in San Diego. That's what we did in 2008 and it was BEYOND AWESOME.

From James Koehl
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:27 AM
Why am I having trouble deciding if everyone in here is partially serious? A TPI road trip/convention? Robert, are you listening to this?

From Derek Morse
Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:31 AM
Road trip would be tons of fun, but I live in Florida, I'm thinking it would take a week just for the drive...I'd vote for an "air trip" :)

From TH Creative
Posted May 24, 2011 at 7:55 AM
I'd fly too ... summer 2012.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM
Well, considering the end of the world has now been rescheduled to October 21 of this year, maybe we should hold off on those 2012 plans:)

From Robert Niles
Posted May 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
You can make the drive from Florida to California in three days. Trust me, I know. ;^)

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM
It's decided, Derek you have to start as you're in florida, I'll catch up somewhere along the lines and the others will join in as we pass them. ;)

From Mark Migliaccio
Posted May 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM
I've got two. Soarin' - mostly because we didn't have time and I thought it wasn't going to be that exciting. And Tower of Terror at DHS. I didn't want to go alone. no one else wanted to ride.

From Russell Meyer
Posted May 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM
Hercules at Dorney Park---Not that I rode it, but the fact I rode it multiple times thinking that it would magically get better. It is quite possibly the worst wooden roller coaster I've ever ridden, and justly torn down and replaced with Hydra.

From Steph Ramos
Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Everything at the California Adventure park at Disneyland....its the only theme park I'm sad to say I haven't visited in my general SoCal area....:( (Even Sea World has been a previous destination of mine)
Don't get me wrong...I would've visited sooner...but at the time it was easily accessible for me to go, the park wasn't exactly getting a good rep. Since then, I've heard nothing but awesome things...but I think i'll hold out on visiting the park untill all the construction is completed...:)

From Ben James
Posted May 25, 2011 at 12:34 AM
WOW! Here is my list.

2006 (a 3-day blitz, while driving to and from Ft. Lauderdale each day)

Magic Kingdom:

Alladin's Carpets
Dumbo's Flying Elephants
Pirates of the Carribean
Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain
Space Mountain
The Railroad
(all the shows)
It's a Small World
Peter Pan's Flight
Snow White's Scary Adventures
Hall of Presidents


EPCOT:

Mexican River Ride
Ellen's Energy Adventure
Journey into Imagination
Living with the Land
Soarin


Disney-MGM Studios (DHS):

Honey, I shrunk the kids play area
Lights, motors, Action!
Muppet Vision 3D
Sounds Dangerous
Rockin Roller Coaster
Star Tours
Studio Backlot Tour
The Magic of Disney Animation


Disney's Animal Kingdom:

Dinosaur
It's Tough to be a Bug!
Kali river Rapids
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Wildlife Express Train
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo (was still under construction)


Universal Studios Orlando

Jaws
Men In Black
Back to the Future
E.T.

Islands of Adventure

Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
Dudley Do Right Falls
Bilge-Rat Barges

[Same vacation different day]

Busch Gardens Africa

Rhino Rally
Congo River Rapids

2007

Cedar Point

Power Tower
Chaos (SBNO)
Wicked Twister (too big :( )
Max Air (too scared)

2008

Disneyland

Tomorrow Land Speedway
Finding Nemo Submarines (line was insane)
Its a Small World


Disney's California Adsventure

Turtle Talk with Crush
A Bug's Life Area
Muppet Vision 3D

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM
I’m actually having a hard time thinking of, not what I’ve missed out, but what I’ve missed out and am embarrassed out. What’s to be embarrassed about anyway? Umm… dunno. On our last trip we actually went out of our way to do things we’d previously missed – like Carrousel of Progress at MK. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was a nice rest in the peaceful darkness and a very catchy tune – “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow…waiting at the end of every day…”

No, I’ve racked my brains and I think I can safely say I’ve done everything in each WDW park and both UF parks in my lifetime unless it opened in the last month. Please. Somebody challenge me. There must be SOMETHING good I’ve missed out.

Robert - In response to your misses: you HAVE to experience Rip Ride Rockit. It’s completely insane. The ascent totally gives you a head-rush, the whole thing is so smooth. But make sure to choose a song with a fast opener coz you wont get to hear it all. I chose Daft Punk which was too slow to get going.

Also, do not bother with Sounds Dangerous. It was a complete waste of time, all four people in my party didn’t experience the surround-sound in the headphones, Drew Carey was the most unfunny I’ve ever seen him and it was basically just embarrassing for the host because as everybody (all 6 people) left the theatre 2 were saying how terrible it was – quite loudly.

Now Twister I would bother with. It’s tame but interesting and fun to watch the tornado rip into everything. (Make sure you get in the front row of standing area in the final room.)

Nick – I would defo recommend the Swiss Family Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Tom Sawyer's Island. Turtle Talk with Crush is a bit slow as it’s really just for little kids. You HAVE to see Illuminations next time you’re at EPCOT, but perhaps not Circle of Life unless you have heaps of time, obviously the Lion King show in AK is better.

Maybe we should talk about what attractions you WISH you HADN’T done! I wish I’d never bothered with Sounds Dangerous, American Adventure, Hall of Presidents (although good for a snooze), the Simpsons, Kali River Rapids (unless there’s no queue), Beetlejuice Graveyard Review and Dr. Doom.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted May 25, 2011 at 6:57 AM
Almost every one of these comments had me screaming in my mind - you HAVE to go on it!

But in 22 years of visiting WDW...I have never been to see the Country bear Jamboree.
Never seen American Idol Experience.
And quite a few things in EPCOT - Mexican River and the Norway ride (can't remember its name) being 2 of them!

And I havent been on Harry Potter...until around the 1st September rolls around! :-))

From Bob Miller
Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM
Space Mountain. I went in 06 and I was too scared and when i was ready to brave it again in 09 it was closed for the big renovation

From Joshua Counsil
Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM
I've only ever visited Canada, the U.S., and Cuba - nothing outside of North America.

From Tim Hillman
Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I haven't bothered to walk through World Showcase in Epcot. I get as far as Canada on the one side or Norway on the other side and I can't seem to find a motivating factor to continue around the lake. Now if Disney put a really cool dark ride somewhere in one of the countries back there, I think I could convince myself the walk was worth it.

From Manny Barron
Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM
Pteranodon Flyers at IOA.

From Donna McKay
Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit....got to the front of the queue...then ran out the chicken run :( Next time- for sure!

From Scott B
Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Here are my Disney World entries....

I have never been to the Country bear Jamboree or the Hall of Presidents. I'm aware that those are glaring omissions.

I also have never been on Dumbo or the Astro Orbiters, but I can kind of guess what is going on with those ride, so I have made my peace with it. Strangely enough, I have been on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin a few times. Yeah, I can't explain it.

The one that makes me the most mad is that I have never been on Everest though I have been to Animal Kingdom four times! The first time, there was no Everest, so there was little I could do there. The second time, Everest was done and they were running tests, but it wasn't open to to public. It just sat there mocking me. The next two times, it was closed for god knows what reason. Again, more mocking.

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted June 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM
I'm not sure if I'm embarrassed to have missed some. I've ridden all of the major or most well-known at quite a few parks. I suppose MaXair would be the one for me, but in my defense, it was closed until right after we ate lunch, and the events of the ride finishing on each of the first two runs (which I was watching) required at least part of the ride to be washed down. That was it for me.

I know there are coasters I have yet to ride, but I'll get to them!

From David Sutter
Posted June 4, 2011 at 5:20 AM
Actually theres only 2 and both are in the Magic Kingdom..Dont laugh Mad Hatters Tea Party..ANd The Flying Carpets

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